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Nov 18, 2012 11:30am EST
act. but you watch him on victory night. he was able to speak to the crowd with such energy and such conviction and moral strength because he needs the energy of the crowd. it's not a question of him not having the words, i think he needs to connect more to the people in the second term. lincoln had public opinion badge baths where they could talk to him in the morning. if i were him in summer, i would take a train around the country with his family and stop at village stations, he needs that, almost like when he's with the crowds something happens to him and the white house becomes a bubble and the communication skills go down because you're not feeling the people. the reason fdr was not a great speaker, he had two press conferences a week. he got the feeling of the people through the people and the press, somehow he's got to keep the connection going in order to communicate better what's happening. >> is it harder in this political environment to be a conviction politician? >> i think it's harder to use the bully pulpit to express your convictions, it is not what it was in the old
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